A Moscow judge has sentenced three members of the provocative punk band, Pussy Riot, to two years in prison each on hooliganism charges.
Hundreds of Pussy Riot supporters chanted amid a heavy police presence outside the courtroom, and several opposition leaders were detained.
Judge Marina Syrova said in her verdict that the three band members committed hooliganism driven by religious hatred, and offended religious believers.
Syrova rejected the women's arguments that they were protesting the Orthodox Church's support for Vladimir Putin and didn't want to hurt the feelings of believers.
Amnesty International has condemned the court ruling, calling it a bitter blow for freedom of expression in Russia.
Photo: Pussy Riot supporters (Getty Images)